Skip to comments.The Best of Stanley Weinbaum
Posted on 08/31/2012 7:13:08 PM PDT by EveningStar
One of the great tragedies in the history of science fiction was the premature death of the writer Stanley Weinbaum. His death in 1935 at the age of just thirty-three cut short his writing career which had barely lasted for a year and a half. Even sadder still is that he is nearly forgotten today when in a just world he would continue to be remembered as one of its great authors. Although his first story, A Martian Odyssey, remains an oft-anthologized classic, the rest of his oeuvre remains largely inaccessible to contemporary readers. This is almost criminal, for while Odyssey is justifiably regarded as one the fields greatest stories, the main reason it is still remembered is for the revolutionary impact it had upon publication, the reverberations of which continue to be felt today. Weinbaums other stories, however, are no less outstanding and moreover, they demonstrate a maturity and an ability to intelligently handle sophisticated ideas far beyond the state of the genre at the time, demonstrating that Weinbaum was continuing to grow as a writer before cancer cut short a promising career.
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A man’s oeuvre should never be discussed in public. I, for one, am very glad that “the rest of his oeuvre remains largely inaccessible.”